FIRE RESTRICTIONS: - Fire Season in effect
FIRE RESTRICTIONS: - Regulated Closure begins June 24, 2021
IFPL Map MH1 IFPL: - IFPL 2 begins 12:01 a.m. September 14 MH4 IFPL: - IFPL 2 begins 12:01 a.m. September 14
ADDITIONAL INDUSTRIAL FIRE PRECAUTIONS: - Suspends September 14, 2021--12:01 a.m.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Fire Prevention Measures Reduced for Industrial Operations 

[Prineville, Ore.]  Fire prevention restrictions on industrial forest operations within Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Central Oregon District will be reduced beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, September 14th.  Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) for MH-4 and MH-1 will move to Level 2, and Additional Restrictions on industrial operations in the Prineville and John Day Units will be rescinded.  MH-4 and MH-1 includes private, state, and municipal ownership protected by ODF in Hood River and Wasco counties, within the Central Oregon District (COD) boundary.  Fire Season remains in effect, and all forest operations must follow fire season requirements for forest operations.  Included in these requirements are fire watches, spark arresters, and fire tools; the full description of fire season requirements can be found at 

MH-1 & MH-4 IFPL 2 (Limited Shutdown): The following activities are not permitted between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.:

  • Power saws, except power saws may operate at loading sites;
  • Feller-bunchers with rotary head saws;
  • Cable yarding
  • Blasting
  • Welding, cutting, or grinding of metal

More information regarding fire season requirements for industrial operations is available at

Favorable weather, including measurable precipitation and cooler temperatures, has moderated fire behavior over the last week allowing managers to reduce these restrictions.  However, long term drought effects persist in vegetation and fuels across the District.

Regulated-Use Closure remains in effect for the Central Oregon District.  Fires, including campfires, cooking fires, warming fires, and debris burning are not allowed within the district boundary. 

For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including contact information and unit offices, please visit

Tuesday, August 10, 2021


August 10, 2021


Glen Ahrens
Oregon State University Extension Service

Wildfire Preparedness for Hood River County

Join OSU Extension Forestry & Natural Resources, Oregon Department of Forestry, Hood River County Emergency Management and other partners to learn about wildfire preparedness in Hood River County. This online Zoom meeting will help you:

·       Prepare your home and property to reduce risk of burning in the event of fire in your neighborhood.

·       Prepare yourself and your family for wildfire and possible evacuation.

·       Understand local emergency planning, alert systems and fire response.

·       Learn from local success stories about community-driven action to develop Firewise communities.

·       Find resources and assistance to help you prepare for wildfire

This session will build on previous OSU Extension “Fire aware. Fire prepared” webinars. Visit to view videos and resources.


When: August 25, 2021 6:00-7:30 pm

Where: Online through Zoom

Cost: This meeting is free



Call: 503-655-8631


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Friday, August 6, 2021

Firefighters Able to Secure Fires from This Week’s Thunderstorms

[John Day, Ore.]  No new fires were reported in the John Day Unit Thursday.  Significant progress was made on mop-up and containment of fires from earlier this week.

Containment for the Cottonwood Creek Fire has reached 95% on the 159-acre fire.  The fire will transition to a Type 5 incident commander Saturday.  One hand crew will complete mop-up work, gridding for hot spots.  These resources will pull hose and other equipment from the fire.  The fire will be in patrol status at the end of shift on Saturday.

The one-acre Dissel Creek Fire, reported Tuesday evening burning five miles southeast of John Day, was fully contained late Thursday evening.

Tomorrow crews on the Cole Canyon Fire will continue mop-up work, anticipating the fire to be fully contained Saturday evening.  Two crews, a water cat, and a tender will be staffing the fire.  The fire burned 150 acres of private land and Prineville Bureau of Land Management ownership.

All of these fires will be placed in patrol status and monitored until determined to be dead out.  It is possible interior smoke may be visible.  These “smokes” will be put out if they are found to have the potential to spread fire outside the fireline.

A Regulated-Use Closure is in effect for the Central Oregon District to reduce human caused fires.  The full proclamation and restrictions are available at  Preventing human caused fires allows firefighters to focus suppression effort on fires started by lightning.  These focused activities result in smaller fires with less damage to natural resources and communities and fewer impacts to air quality.

For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including contact information and unit offices, please visit